Project Homecoming at the Junior League of Covington's Camellia House was more than just about dresses this year.

Many of the young women came from flooded areas. Young women from Hammond, Franklinton, Independence, Albany and Ponchatoula had a few much needed hours of pampered shopping fun at Project Homecoming. Project Homecoming offers new and lightly worn dresses, shoes and accessories for the homecoming dance.

No teen is turned away from Project Homecoming. There is no income or low income requirement.

Students from Salmon in Slidell, Mandeville High in Mandeville, Covington High, Northshore Christian and St. Scholastica Academy in Covington, Fontainebleau High in Mandeville and a number of home schoolers attended Project Homecoming. In addition, the local homeschooling community hosts a homeschool Homecoming Dance this October at a local ballroom.

Most girls attend with a friend, mom or both.

Alexsandra Arnstein attends Salmen High School in Slidell and Elsa Lendströrm attends Fontainebleau High in Mandeville. Both are Swedish exchange students with EF, Education First Student Exchange, a 50-year-old program. The young women attended the event together and Alexsandra Facetimed her mom during the event to get her mom's approval of the dress.

Mom said 'yes' to the dress.

Her sister gave it a Facetime thumbs up, too.

"I love this project. It is a lot of fun and a lot of prep work. It is very rewarding when girls walk out with their whole ensemble for the dance," Susan Lenoir, Chair of Project Homecoming, said.

Beautiful homecoming dresses, shoes and jewelry were donated by Bridal Boutique by MaeMe, Bustles and Bows Bridal Boutique, Columbia Street Mercantile, Linda Lee Bridal and Boutique, Ladies and Gents Formalwear, Pearl's Place, Shoeffle, and Southern Bridal.

Susan Lenoir, Shelley Winstead, Elsa Treadway-Hahn, Elisabeth Fisher, Georgian Weilbaecher, and Adina Rivers are this year's Project Homecoming committee members.

"I have been with Project Homecoming since its infancy," Junior League member Elisabeth Fisher said. "I organize the Aveda Institute. The girls at the event love it and the lines haven't stopped. It is all worthwhile when the first few girls walk in and burst into smiles."

Aveda Institute provides make-up and hair styling.

Mandy Cessac teaches the Salon Concepts class at the Aveda Institute.

Her students volunteered their time and skills to do makeup and hair at the event. Many of the attendees had long hair, so updos were very popular. Aveda student volunteers were Alicia Garafola of Mandeville, Najadanika Simmons of Tylertown, Miss., Dixie Alleman, Brook Kersheval, Tiffany Werner, Hilary Skidmore, Bonnie Brown, Katie Coogan of Slidell, Gerald Blanchard and Gabrielle Cernich.

"I thought it was a beautiful thing that people go out of their way to donate dresses and shoes to make young girls feel beautiful," Aveda volunteer Katie Coogan of Slidell said.

Committee member Adina Rivers enjoyed her first year as an active member of the Junior League.

Pulling and announcing the door prize numbers. Every attendee receives a door prize ticket.

Door prize donors include Air Blow Dry Bar and Salon, Aveda Institute, Brenchley, Kim's Nails, Looking Glass, Marvelous Nails, and Salon Allure.

Additional sponsorship activities were provided by Air Blow Dry Bar and Salon, which served as the drop-off point for this year's event and Lagniappe Consignment.

In the end, 67 girls attended with 53 receiving dresses. In addition, 26 received a pair of shoes and 37 received accessories.

The Junior League of Greater Covington does not receive any financial benefit from this event. Project Homecoming and Project Prom are solely a public service.

The Junior League of Greater Covington is currently in negotiation with the Junior Leagues of Lafayette and Baton Rouge with an eye towards producing similar events for the flood damaged populations in those areas.

As for the local scene, mark your calendar now.